Artist Terri Mae Owens “Been Yah” Sculptures with Sweetgrass Baskets: Charleston South Carolina


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My “Been Yah” Sculptures were first created in the early 1990’s from a vision I had early one morning while it was still dark outside. In the 90’s, I made doll’s holding Sweetgrass Baskets which I affixed to a wreath with dried flowers, pop corn berries, a large bow, and a make shift stand that looked like a replica of the the historic stands seen along hwy 17 in Mt.Pleasant, where sweetgrass baskets hung.

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$225.00

Hand Painted Fiber and Materials Sculptures

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$150.00

Made from Paper and cotton materials

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$225.00

“Been Yah” Sculpture with Palmetto Roses and small Sweetgrass Basket

Sculptures are Perfect for Birthday Gift Collecting

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$150.00

“Been Yah” Doll Sculpture on book shelf

Polka Dot “Been Yah” with Sweetgrass Basket and Petite Roses

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“Been Yah” Candy Stripe Doll with velvet red ribbon, Sweetgrass Basket and Petite Palmetto Roses

$125.00

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Unique Home Interiors

“Been Yah” Tye Dye Sculpture with Palmetto Roses

Price $ 325.00

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Price $80.00

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Cute Art Addition for Girls Room

“Been Yah” Sisters with Sweetgrass Baskets

$180.00

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Price of “Been Yah” Sculpture wearing pantsuit and holding Rings

Small Doll Sculpture $90.00

Large Doll Sculpture $180.00

These are a few of the first baskets I made when I started sewing baskets again.  They are not perfect, but sewing baskets is an artistic craft, so I am still proud of them.

*Basket is included: Price on this doll does is not inclusive of basket.

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Price $90.00

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“Been Yah” Sculpture with Garden Sweetgrass Basket

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Price $125.00

“BEEN YAH” SCULPTURES W/ SWEETGRASS BASKETS

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“Been Yah” Sculptures

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Been Yah Sculpture with Sweetgrass Basket PopCorn Berries and and Palmetto Roses

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$60.00 Each Made of Paper, Cotton Materials and Fibers.

“Been Yah” Sculpture with Sweetgrass Basket, Popcorn Berries and Palmetto Rose

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DOLL SCULPTURES W/

SWEETGRASS BASKETS

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$125.00

“Been Yah” Hippie Sculpture

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$150.00

“Been Yah” Sculpture with Sweetgrass Basket

I consigned the dolls holding Sweetgrass Baskets to the “Country Bumpkin,” in Mt. Pleasant, and I proudly consigned a few of my wreaths to the Gibbs Art Gallery Gift Shop, before leaving Charleston, and moving to New Jersey in 1993.

In 2012, while going through a very difficult personal experience, I discovered that I could create paintings.  Each idea was brought to me in the same manner.  Because of this, I feel that I can’t take credit for anything I create because it is my inner being who wakes me up before dawn, and gives me a vision of what she wants me to create.

I do not have a name for the source energy within me that speaks clearly to my consciousness, but I think many people would relate to what I am describing as inspiration from God.

The first sculptures were created in January, 2017, after I had worked almost four months to create a portfolio of art to apply to a graduate program.  Creating the Been Yah  Sculptures were a welcome change from the pressures of creating my portfolio.

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“Been Yah” Sculpture with small Sweetgrass Basket

These sculptures with basket is the perfect addition to a reception area of pediatrics office.

Orange and White Polka Dots Print w/Black & White and Floral Print

Sculpture with Small Palmetto Roses and Small Sweetgrass Basket not shown.

$150.00

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$550.00  Large Sculpture

$125.00  Small  Sculpture

Sit on Foyer Table

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Price $125.00

“Been Yah” Doll Sculpture w/small Sweetgrass Basket and Palmetto Roses

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Acrylic on Paper

I named my sculptures “Been Yah Sculptures because I was born in Charleston, a City that I love; however, when I look around the City of Charleston, I am disappointed that I see growth that has displaced many black families, and economic wealth that does not reflect the reciprocity of a significant amount of African-Americans.

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“Four Corners of Law” Meeting and Broad Street Downtown Charleston, S. C.

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“Been Yah” Nana

$125.00

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Dah “Been Yah” Sculpture

$500.00

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Acrylic on paper

“Been Yah’s”

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“BEEN YAH” DOLL SCULPTURES WITH SWEETGRASS BASKETS

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Price $225.00

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Pink and White Polka Dot w/Colorful Basket Print

Been Yah Doll with two small sweetgrass baskets

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Price $ 1, 500.00

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Been Yah Doll Handmade Sculpture

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Been Yah Doll Handmade Sculpture

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Price $1,500.00

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Perfect Accent for Girls Room

Price $90.00

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                                         Green, black and white

$225.00

Been Yah Doll with small Sweetgrass Basket and Palmetto Roses.

I make my palmetto roses different from most of the roses sold around the market area.

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Been Yah Doll with Powder Blue & White Polka Dot Skirt with Vintage Print Blouse Sold with Medium Size Sweetgrass Basket.

Price $550.00

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Face and Hair is Hand Painted with Acrylic Paints

Sweetgrass Basket can be held in hand or displayed separately.

$550.00

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Small Been Yah Doll Sculpture with sweetgrass basket $125.00

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Price $80.00

Small Been Yah Doll w/ Sweetgrass Basket one of the first I made since revisiting sewing my baskets. No additional charge added for the basket.

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Body Made of Paper/ Clothing Fabric

Hand painted Acrylic Paints

$150.00

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Price $225.00

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Something Different Sweetgrass Sculpture w/ earring

Not For Sale

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Girl Sculpture w/ Earring Made of Sweetgrass

Just For the Fun of It

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Sadie Been Yah Doll

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Price $225.00

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Been Yah with quilted Dress

$225.00

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Safi “Been Yah”

$130.00

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Perfect for Night Table

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Price $120.00

Louisa “Been Yah”

Dress White Cotton Fabric with Black and White Polka Dot sleeves.

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Sista Sarah Been Yah

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Sista Sarah Been Yah w/Small Sweetgrass Basket

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Sista Sarah Been Yah Doll Sculpture holding Sweetgrass basket

$160.00

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Large “Been Yah” Girl made of Paper

$300.00

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Large Been Yah Baby With Red & White polka Dot top with checked bottom

$300.00

Billions of dollars are being made in the City, and it is my hope that the faces of more black business owners will benefit from being present in the flow of tourist activity throughout the city, so that a more eclectic and diverse  representation of the talents, especially of those “Been Yahs” will have an opportunities to have their talents show cased in downtown Charleston. “Been Yah, ” a Gullah term that simply means I was born here.

I made sweetgrass baskets as a child, and I have recently revisited sewing baskets. I am proud to sit and sew my baskets with basket ladies and men, whose artistic talents represented in their baskets are among some of the the finest baskets created in the city. .

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“Been Yah” Doll Sculptures

Original Artwork by Terri Mae Owens

Charleston, South Carolina


“Been Yah Doll Sculptures” with Sweetgrass Baskets

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Original Artwork by Terri Mae Owens

Charleston South Carolina Meeting and Broad Street (“Four Corners of Law”)

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When you visit Charleston, Please stop by at Meeting and Broad Street (“Four Corners of Law,”) to purchase one of my Been Yah Doll Sculptures with Sweetgrass Basket.

Artist: Terri Mae Owens

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Original Art “Been Yah” Dolls with Sweetgrass Baskets

Artist Terri Mae Owens

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From Charleston, South Carolina: Thank you President Obama and First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama for Truly Loving the People of this Great Country


Expressing Appreciation for the Presidency of Barack Obama

By Terri Mae Owens

As an African American Woman, I could not be prouder of the way President Obama and First Lady Mrs.Michelle Obama lead this country from 2008- 2016, and during their final days in 2017.

Watching the President and First Lady love, and express kindness and concern for the general health and well being of the citizens of this country, as well as for people around the world, in spite of harsh criticisms and personal attacks on their humanity, has inspired me to live my life by their example of taking the high road.

They have inspired me to not be complacent in my position as a citizen of this country, but to find ways to reach out to others, especially those who do not look like me, by using my gifts and talents as a human being, a historian and as an artist, to inspire unity, and effect positive change that helps to strengthens race relations in our country.

America belongs to all of her citizens, and in spite of the racist rhetoric expressed during the campaigning of President Elect Donald Trump, I am encouraged by knowing that regardless of race or religious affiliation, as citizens of this great country, that there are more of us that are unified in fighting to protect for all citizens, the freedoms and rights we value and hold dear as citizens of this great country, than those who are divided.

I am Looking forward to seeing how the Obama family continue using their experience and influence to help build an even more perfect union.

         Sharing Memories of the Obama Family and their Administration

Thank you President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for Coming to Charleston During Our Time of Enormous Grief

President Obama Eulogy: Clementa  Pinckney’s Furneral

Thanks Jenna and Barbara

for sharing your letter and these pictures:

People Magazine

“Love and Happiness:An Obama Celebration”

“Yes We Can: People Share Their Most Memorable Moments

From the Obama’s Presidency

President Obama Farewell Speech in Chicago

Mrs. Obama, Thank for the Example you Set of Character

When Women Attacked your Humanity